The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


New edition with free upgrades of our MOOC on development and planning in African Cities launched

18 May 2020

Along with Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, we are excited to be launching a new edition of our highly successful free online course (MOOC) on Development and Planning in African Cities.

freetown SLURC event

The DPU and the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre are excited to invite you to the fourth edition of their very successful course: Development and Planning in African Cities starting on 18 January 2021. The 4-week course is open to all and free of charge, and involves about 3 hours of study time per week.

You can register for it, find the course trailer and get more information on the Future Learn platform which hosts the course: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/african-cities/4

This year we have two additional exciting features:

This means these learners will get a certificate free of charge and have permanent access to all materials, meaning that they can go at their own pace and consult materials later.

The online course will explore African cities through the lenses of spatial justice and social diversity, challenging myths and assumptions about urban development and demonstrating how different processes interact and shape the development of a city, using the case study of Freetown. It covers the following themes: urban land, informalities, governance, participatory planning, urban risk, vulnerabilities & infrastructure.

The course will allow participants to directly interact with many urban professionals, civil servants, and civil society leaders from across Africa and the world. The course includes contributions from some of the best scholars in the field as well as the residents of Freetown. The course follows a face-to-face executive programme with the same contents delivered to Sierra Leone civil servants, academics, civil society leaders and urban professionals.